Sculpture and Vessels: handbuilding concepts and techniques – JANSTU2017C

Date: Jan 09 - 27, 2017

Skill Level(s): Open to All i

Instructor(s): Sam Harvey

Tuition: $1,600
Studio Fee: $175
Registration Fee: $55

2017 Student Handbook


This three-week intensive will emphasize “coil-building” as a three-dimensional construction technique. We will work on a number of skill-based exercises that reference elemental Bauhaus ideas surrounding form, shape, color, light and shadow. Alongside these exercises students will develop their own personal projects. Class discussions on how to construct intricate forms using internal structures and support systems will also be covered. While creating objects using the coil-building technique, we will employ building methods that include pattern making and clay mold systems.


We use earthenware and stoneware clay as well as underglazes, slips and glazes for a wide range of oxidation firings from cone 4 to cone 6. We practice a variety of building techniques using coils, slabs, pinching and extruders. We also incorporate additional techniques using stencils, paper patterns and bisque molds. Pieces are fired with electric and gas kilns.


There are artist demonstrations on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Inspiration is provided by lectures, presentations and slide shows featuring contemporary ceramic sculpture ideas. Individual faculty time is available for each student. We focus on individual assignments plus collaborative group research projects.


Sam Harvey is a studio artist in Aspen, Colo. He received his BFA from the Kansas City Art Institute and his MFA from Alfred University. Sam is co-founder of the Harvey Meadows Gallery in Aspen. He has exhibited widely around the world. Sam has been a summer intern, ceramics studio coordinator, artist-in-residence, faculty and board member at the Ranch.

Sam Harvey, Grey Orb

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